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The Orchards is a neighborhood retail center located on a 25-acre site in Walnut Creek.
Two hundred thousand square feet of retail and restaurants are interspersed among mature oak and black walnut trees in a park-like setting. The “modern agrarian”-styled center includes a fitness club, several restaurants, 7 acres of new community-oriented open space, parkland, gathering spaces and children’s play areas. Additionally, 20% of the site will be developed into senior housing to serve the aging population of the city. The 200-unit project, which Lowney Architecture is co-designing with HKIT, features a pool, fitness/spa room, offices, kitchen and dining room and a memory care center.
Designed to minimize its impact on the environment, much of the parking is located on the roofs of the anchor tenants and will be shaded by photovoltaic panels, reducing the parking needed at the ground level and creating a more pedestrian oriented experience. Landscape design emphasizes native species to reduce the water demand, while existing groves will be protected and new ones established through the planting of over 500 new trees. Pedestrian and bike access paths provide multi-modal connections into and through the site from the surrounding neighborhoods. The Orchards is intended to serve both the adjacent Shadelands business park and the neighborhood as a social and community hub.